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THE finals of the fifth and best tag rugby season to date were held in the club grounds at Foulkstown on Friday 16th July. The season took in more than 120 matches, held over the summer, which led to some fabulous tag rugby played in all divisions.

After the finals the majority of 28 teams retired to the Set Theatre for the awards presentations and finger food, which was hosted by sponsors Langtons.

A number of teams were short of key players due to holidays and the postponement of the previous week's finals night due to the inclement weather but this did not detract from the occasion as a total of 14 games were played across four divisions - the Division Three bowl final between Dishy's Delights and Where Are Ronnie's Friends was put back a week.

The seeding arrangements meant that the majority of finals were close encounters, with nine games having just one girls' score (three points) between the sides. There were also two draws which were settled by traditional rugby means in the bar afterwards - Core beat a depleted The State Of Us in a game of rock, paper scissors to take the Division Four Plate while the Division Two Bowl between Langtons and Springhill Hotel, which ended in a thrilling 10-10 draw, was settled in favour of Langtons after a close boat race.

The Division One league final, the fastest paced and highest quality match of the five years to date, saw Sonix Entertainment hold out to beat Zooper Doopers 8-6 in a thrilling final. It was agony for the Zoopers, who just missed out on a girls' try at the death, a score that would have nicked the top seeding.

In the Division Two league final Rag Tags had a comprehensive win over a depleted Mug Shot Cafe, winning 13-2. The Division Three title went to Morrison's, who edged out Guys & Dolls 8-6 while the Division Four title went to Hockey Girls plus Pals II, who pipped the unlucky Overdrawn and Over-rated 21-20.

Following the rugby a number of individual awards were presented on the night. Among the winners were best named team Jill Lawlor's Mavis For A Song (best team name), Paddy Brennan (best tagger), Brona Kelly (top scorer), Orla Hennebry (best referee), Paddy O'Shea of Veolia (best male player) and Jenny Daly and Aaron Rowe (best couple).

On behalf of the organising committee Mick McGrath thanked the 500 players who played for their efforts and above all for their sportsmanship and respect of the traditions of rugby especially respect for the refs. He also thanked the team managers, referees, club members, volunteers, sponsors and all members of the organising committee.


Results

Division One -
League final: Sonix entertainment 8, Zooper Doopers 6.
Shield final: O'Brien & Sons 12, AB Reserves 11.
Plate final: Hockey Gals plus Pals 11, Veolia 8.

Division Two -
League final: Rag Tags 13, Mug Shot Cafe 2.
Shield final: Meet the Ruckers 6, Chancers 4.
Plate final: Shake & Bake 14, Duggan Lighting 8.
Bowl Final: Langtons 10, Springhill 10.

Division Three -
League final: Morrison's 8, Guys & Dolls 6.
Shield final: Going, Going Gone 11, Dizzy Rascals 8.
Plate final: O'Neill Foley 11, Left Bank 10.

Division Four -
League final: Hockey Gals plus Pals 21, Overdrawn & Over-rated 20.
Shield final: Indecisive 19, Mavis For A Song 8.
Plate final: Core beat The State of Us (play-off).
Bowl final: Terex Finley 31, Gym Class Heroes 16.


Mick McGrath July 2010